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 GTMA supplier Bruderer UK has been backing UK manufac- turing by sending out Good News stories around the business community. “We have all no doubt seen masses of media cov- erage about the Brexit situation and obvious speculation about the end result. However, we strongly feel that good news stories deserve as much, if not more, coverage to show what the state of manufacturing is in the UK.” Here are edited examples from the Bruderer Good News Stories..
Expansion cleans up
A business best known for its Henry vacuum cleaners has revealed expansion plans that could create 300 new jobs. Numatic International hopes to expand its 50,000sq m factory in Chard, Somerset, by a third. It wants to create seven buildings to house laboratories, work- shops, offices and warehouse space, and to increase turnover by 30% to £200 million in five years.
The Mayor of Chard, Gary Shortland, said: “Numatic’s beauty is that they are an interna- tional firm, they do not just rely on the European market, and it’s fantastic news for Chard.”
World-class aero campus
A new world-class aerospace campus costing £19.3million at Infinity Park, Derby, could be up and running as early as 2021, according to bosses.
The building will comprise an 80,000 square-foot warehouse, 15,000 square-feet of office space, with a further 30,000 square-feet of mezzanine offices within the warehouse. Derby City Council said the campus will stimulate growth and sup- port the city’s transport engi- neering supply chain sector.
New rail stock on time
CAF has started design and engineering work on new state- of-the-art diesel multiple units (DMUs) for the Wales and Borders franchise, being built at
the company’s facility in Newport, South Wales.
CAF is supplying 77 state-of- the-art DMUs. The 51 two-car and 26 three-car units will enter service from early 2022.
CAF is working with its Transport for Wales counterparts to ensure
Photo courtesy of CAF
the new vehicles meet customer requirements and deliver the best possible performance for the rail network. Richard Garner, CAF’s UK Director, said: “Work on the Wales and Borders fran- chise project is now well under- way to ensure the project is delivered on time.”
BAE Systems joint venture
BAE Systems and Rheinmetall have signed an agreement to create a joint UK-based military vehicle design, manufacturing and support business. The new venture at BAE Systems’ facility in Telford will sustain over 400 jobs in the UK, and preserve key technology and engineering skills.
Rheinmetall will purchase a 55% stake in the existing BAE Systems UK-based combat vehicles business, with BAE Systems retaining 45%. The joint venture is subject to regulatory approvals which are anticipated to be completed in the first half of 2019. Once the approvals have been completed, the joint venture will be known as Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL).
As well as growing the existing combat vehicle support busi- ness, the intent is for the venture to play a major role in the deliv- ery of the British Army’s new Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) and other strategic combat vehicles programmes.
UK lands £500m jet deal
The UK has landed a new assignment from the US Department of Defense worth around £500 million.
The deal was awarded to the aircraft repair hub for F-35 fight- er jets at Sealand, North Wales, where it will support hundreds of new jobs.
Courtesy US Air Force
It will see workers at the MoD’s Defence & Electronics Components Agency (DECA) carrying out crucial mainte- nance, repair and upgrade serv- ices on a wider range of F-35 avionic systems.
In 2016, it was announced the UK would be the location of the global repair hub for the first tranche of F-35 components, building on the Sealand Support Services Ltd (SSSL) joint venture struck between DECA, aero- space giant BAE Systems and defence tech company Northrop Grumman.
New HQ for Experts
An expanding Coventry manu- facturing business has unveiled a £10 million headquarters which has helped complete the rebirth of one of the region’s most famous industrial sites.
The Expert Group, with cus- tomers including Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin and Ford, has created a 75,000 sq ft design and manufacturing tech- nology facility in Lyons Park and is set to expand its workforce by 40 in the next few months.
World leading production
Progroup officially opened its new corrugated sheet board plant in Ellesmere Port to pro- duce up to 235,000 tonnes of corrugated board a year, making it the most efficient and powerful of its type in the world.
Progroup CEO and Board Chairman Jürgen Heindl, said: “We are confident that Great Britain will continue to remain an important market within Europe in the future.”
The new plant is a more com- petitive production facility deliv- ering exemplary, efficient process workflows, he said.
    GTMA Achievers
THE BOWERS GROUP prides itself on being the world’s leading bore gauge manufacturer in terms of both production volume and breadth of product range.
Already working in some of the most challeng- ing industries such as Oil & Gas, Defence, Aerospace and Automotive, Group member, Bowers UK, supplies UK industry with an unri- valled choice of high quality precision measur- ing equipment.
Customers benefit from the ‘one stop shop’ nature of its centralised sales, service, training
and customer support for the complete range of Bowers, Moore & Wright, Baty International and CV Instruments products.

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